Nursing Home Fall Leads to Large Award in Court

A large award was demanded earlier this month in a nursing home fall case. It began when a 67-year-old woman moved into the nursing home in July 2003 simply to recover from knee surgery. But on August 9th, when she called for help to go to the restroom, the aide came into the room and told here that she was too busy to help her, and to get up and go to the restroom on her own.  The female resident then fell and damaged her knee even worse.

The aide did not come to her assistance, and she lay there and lost so much blood, she had to be resuscitated when she got to the hospital, according to court documents. Six years after the fall in the facility, the knee was still not properly healed, so the woman had to have the leg amputated.

The woman sued saying that the aide at the facility refused to help her get to the bathroom was uncertified and showed a history of poor work habits. The jury agreed with the woman and awarded her a large sum in damages. The woman, now in her mid 70's, would like to use the money to hire a home nurse. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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